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Fashion Blogger Crushes – Dreamscapes

You know those bloggers whose pictures transport you to a different place? It’s not necessarily about the fashion or the blogger themselves – But the locations, the artistry of the photographs, the dreamy creativity of the compositions just take you away. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorites – So next time you’re in need of a little escape, you’ll know just where to go!


{When someone says “beautiful photography” the first blogger that pops into my mind is Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper Girl. Yes, she an a phenomenal sense of style. Yes, she gets to do some unbelievable collaborations. But what always gets me is the scenery, the beauty of the shots, the locations she gets to visit. Spend some time on her site and I guarantee you’ll get just as lost in the beauty as I do!}


{Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage not only shoots fun, stylish photos, she’s also chronicling her passion for travel. From street style in front of classic European monuments to her home in Australia to picnics in Central Park to the beaches of Greece – Her blog takes you along on the adventure.


{Photographer & blogger Margaret Zhang of Shine By Three not only does some serious jealousy-inducing traveling, she also works with some amazing brands, models, and goes out of her way to get the perfect shot.}

Want to see some of my other blogger crushes? Check out Fashion Blogger Crushes & San Francisco Fashion Blogger Crushes.

What blogger takes away YOUR breath?

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San Francisco Fashion Blogger Crushes

While I follow – And love – Many international & East Coast blogs, some of my favorite daily reads are based right here in my hometown of San Francisco. And while there are many lovely sites based here, just ask Racked, each of the blogs below offer a little something unique and fun that sets it apart from the heard.

So without further ado, here are a few of my San Francisco Fashion Blogger Crushes.

Beth Animal Print

Miss Bethann of Beth Animal Print has made a couple of appearances on the blog to date – From playing photographer to twirling in a killer red maxi skirt – And now she’s back as one of my daily Must Read sites.


  • Why I Love It: Not only does Bethann have fabulous personal style, she also does great fitness posts, empowering interviews, and features her adorable beautiful family on occasion.
  • Bonus Points: Check out her Twitter account for hilarity, daily updates & great posts from around the interwebs.

So You Agree

Event planner extraordinaire Donna has fabulous style, the cutest pup ever, and features real-life street style that’s enviable and attainable. The perfect combination!


  • Why I Love It: The blog name is taken from Mean Girls. Need I say more?
  • Bonus Points: I wait all week for So You Agree’s High Fash Fridays. Amazing.


As you’ve probably realized if you follow me on social media, I spend a great deal of my waking hours thinking about or eating food. Most of it in fact. And super stylish San Franciscan Chandamheer is similarly oriented, which I love to read about.


  • Why I Love It: Not only is the PancakeSTACKER a food-lover, she’s also into fitness and features posts, updates, suggestions & inspiration to lead a happy, healthy life.
  • Bonus Points: She’s a UC humanities graduate just like yours truly. I’ll overlook the Berkeley/UCLA rivalry just this once! 🙂

Mr. Essentialist

My first SF Bloggers list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning one of my daily menswear reads – The stylish & entertaining Mr. Essentialist.


  • Why I Love It: From fashion to skin care to swoon-worthy accessories, this site covers all the eye candy you need.
  • Bonus Points: Alexander, Mr. Essentialist himself, is from New Zealand and spends a great deal of time in New York, San Francisco, and LA which gives his site a great perspective and cosmopolitan feel.

Ryzenberg On

I like a site that multitasks. I don’t know anyone who’s “just about fashion” so why should our go-to morning reads be just about fashion?


  • Why I Love It: This blog’s tagline says it all – Musings of a feisty fashionista. I don’t know about you, but I always prefer my writers feisty.
  • Bonus Points: Miss Jessica is an Instagramer extraordinaire so check out her account STAT!

Luckily for all you blog lovers out there, this is the first in a series featuring killer SF blogs, so stay tuned for some more of my favorites!

What are YOUR daily reads?

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Links You’ll Love – Superbowl Edition

Everyone loves an excuse for day drinking and indulging in tasty treats, but why not keep the fat, calories, and cholesterol to a minimum and try some of these delicious-but-healthy recipes today instead?









How are you going to celebrate the Superbowl this year?

I’ll be landing in New York at 6pm local time so stay tuned for some updates from my week in the The Big Apple! 🙂

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{Guest Post} Food & The Daily Battle

Welcome to Part II of the Women’s Health series here on Moi Contre La Vie. Today we’re going to hear more from Megan of Kaia F.I.T. Sacramento on the daily struggle to eat well. If you’re new to this series be sure to check out Megan’s bio {Guest Post: Women’s Health} and her previous post – Fashion of the Fitness World.

Part 2: Food… The Daily Battle

I love ice cream, especially cookies & cream. I love cheeseburgers and extra crispy french fries. I can put down a serious amount of pizza. I love crafty cocktails and champagne. I worked in fine dining restaurants for 10 years and was privileged to indulge in some amazing dishes and glasses of wine…

But now I work in the fitness industry. And I constantly try to balance my view of food… Fuel or Delicious Goodness? My answer is both.

The majority of the time, on the day-to-day, food is fuel. Looking at it that way leads me to eating cleaner, leaner, and healthier. I view myself like a machine and if I want to run properly, perform well in my workouts, and feel energetic all day, I need to provide myself with the best fuel available.

I personally feel the best when I eat multiple times throughout the day, always beginning with breakfast. I feel great when I eat lean meat and eggs, lots of veggies and greens, and fresh fruit. I like nuts and trail mix for snacks and dried fruit for dessert. Avoiding the starchy carbs, dairy, and sugar is essential to feeling good.


However, coming from the restaurant industry, I love nothing more than a nice dinner out. I appreciate a perfectly cooked noodle and a salty piece of pork belly. And I absolutely love home-made ice cream and cookies at my mom’s house. These are the good things in life.

So, how do I balance it? When do I decide to devour a sandwich and when do I stick to a salad full of veggies? I practice MODERATION. I try to stick to healthy ‘fuel’ most of the time. When I treat myself to ‘carbs’ and sugar, I view it just that way… As a TREAT. I think it’s better that way anyway. I feel like crap when I eat sugar and bread days in a row and I stop appreciating it.

Everyone has to make their choices, each and every day. But awareness is where it all begins. If you never go without bread, dairy, sugar, alcohol, etc., how will you ever know how you feel without it?

Our go-to detox at Kaia FIT is 7 days without the following:

  • All starchy ‘carbs’ (bread, tortillas, rice, potatoes, etc.)
  • Sugar over 9g per serving (besides sugar naturally found in fruits/veggies)
  • Alcohol
  • Dairy
  • Processed Foods (if you can’t pronounce something on the label, avoid it!)

Eating clean is a great feeling and I highly recommend letting yourself experience it. And remember, “All things in moderation, including moderation.”

A big thank you to Megan for this great insight into her way of thinking about nutrition. It’s very easy to get into patterns of binging or restricting, so avoid all the negative side effects of both of those ways of eating and try practicing moderation as Megan has suggested.

What’s your personal approach to your daily diet?

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Links You’ll Love



My Spring cleaning urges are clearly starting to kick in early this year – Check out Gala Darling’s Blog On, Babe: Get Organized! for some great ideas for organizing your work – Whether you’re a blogger, a writer, or any other creative type.

Did you enjoy my recent organizational tips & recommendations for closet cleaning {Closet Organization}? If so you’ll love these suggestions from Apartment Therapy – Get Sorted: 5 Functional Shoe Organizers.

I’m in an outerwear state of mind these days – Between San Francisco being colder than I can ever remember and a trip to New York City scheduled for two weeks – I’m determined to find the perfect coat. Stylish but warm. Leave it to Olivia Palermo to have all the answers to our statement coat questions – How To Rock: The Coat.


It’s just about time to start daydreaming thinking about planning your Spring vacation. So why not take some advice from stylist-to-the-stars Brad Goreski – How To Travel In Style.

In the market for a new lipstick? Get the right one with Cupcakes & Cashmere’s Lipstick Guide to help you through the process!

Health & Fitness:

You know that coconut oil is good for you and I’ve shared some tasty ways to get coconut into your diet, but have you tried using it in your beauty routine? Glitter Guide has the scoop in their piece 10 Ways To Add Coconut Oil To Your Beauty. Routine


Whether you’re gluten-intolerant, following a paleo/primal diet, or just interested in eating a healthier diet kelp noodles are a great new food to try out, you should read Choosing Raw’s Kelp Noodle 101: How to Prepare and Serve Kelp Noodles.

I’m always interested in learning how my nutrition affects my health & how my body feels, and clearly I’m not the only one. Check out Purely Twins’s – Day 18  interesting reads about fructose malabsorption & hormonal acne.


As we grow up we need to pay attention not only to our overall health, but to our bone health at all. You may think that eating a calcium rich diet or taking supplements is all you need to do, but staying educated and aware is what you really need – Best Foods For Your Bones.

If you’re interested in strengthening your thighs than FitSugar has the answers in their Inner Thigh Exercises post – Work it!

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